M: I’d like to buy these four greeting cards. Are they ten yuan each?
W: Three of them are. But that smaller one costs only half the price of the big ones.
W: I haven’t seen much of you lately in the company. Have you been away on business?
M: No, I’ve been away on holiday. I have a cousin in Edinburgh.
W: Flight 331 is being announced. I’d better be on my way. Goodbye. Thanks for all your kind hospitality.
M: You’re welcome. Happy landing.
W: That’s a wonderful day for working in the garden.
M: Yes, I agree. But I want to play football today.
W: But you can’t. You promised to help me today.
M: OK, you’re right. I’ll help you.
M: The silver necklace is only ＄15 this week; the gold one is ＄30.
W: I’ll take the gold one, then. Or on second thoughts, I’ll take the silver one. It’s half the price of the gold one and it matches my dress well.
M: So, what should we take?
W: I’m going to take my guitar.
M: Great, and I’m going to take my CD player.
W: You’d better take lots of music. We will get a four-hour drive with just Mum and Dad.
M: Yeah. I don’t know why they want to go camping anyway. Boring!
W: It sure is and we’re missing the baseball game on TV tonight.
M: Don’t remind me. Hey, do you think I should take these?
W: Yeah, why not?
M: Good morning, I’d like to join the school volunteer project but I’m not sure what I should do.
W: OK. Don’t worry. Let me help you. What do you like doing?
M: I love writing stories.
W: Well, you must be good at telling stories. Am I right?
M: Yes, of course.
W: Then why not help us look after children on weekends?
M: That’s a good idea. I can tell them stories. I am sure children will love my stories and me.
W: I agree with you. Can you tell me your name and telephone number?
M: Oh, sorry. I nearly forgot. I am Jim Green. My telephone number is 8832765.
M: Excuse me. Would you mind if I smoke here?
W: I’m sorry. Haven’t you seen the sign on the wall "No Smoking"?
M: Oh, sorry. Where can I smoke, please?
W: I’m afraid it’s not allowed in the whole building.
M: Oh dear! I wonder if I could have a glass of water.
W: Sure. Help yourself over there.
M: Thank you very much.
W: Don’t you know smoking is not good for your health, young man?
M: Yes, I do. I tried many times to give it up, but I failed. When I go without it, I feel very bad.
W: Yes, it’s hard to stop! But if you have the nonsmokers’ health and well-being in mind, you might succeed.
M: You’re right! Thanks very much. I’ll try again to kick my smoking habit.
W: That’s OK. Well, if you’re feeling bad now, you can smoke outside, in the open air, of course.
M: Oh, no! I’ll start from now on!
W: That’s great.
W: Are you ready for your trip?
M: Not really. I still have to buy some clothes.
W: Well, what’s the weather like where you are going?
M: It’s really hot in the summer, so I’m going to buy some shorts and a few T-shirts.
W: What about the rest of the year?
M: People say that the fall can still be warm until November, so I’m going to buy some jeans and a few casual shirts.
W: Will you need any warm clothes for the winter?
M: Well, the weather doesn’t get too cold, but it often snows in the mountains, so I’m going to buy a couple of warm sweaters, a jacket, and a hat. I don’t have room in my suitcase to pack a coat, so I’m going to wait until I get there and buy it when I really need it.
W: Are you going to take anything else?
M: They say it rains cats and dogs in the spring, but again, I’ll probably just wait and buy a raincoat later on. But I’m going to take a good pair of shoes because I plan on walking to and from school every day.
Hello, everyone. My name’s Karl Roberts and I’ll be your teacher of this course, Language and Culture.
To begin with, please take a look at the teaching programme in front of you. As you should all know by now, this course is given on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3: 15 to 4: 50 in the afternoon. We will be meeting in this room for the first half of the course, but we will be using the research lab every other week on Friday in Room 405 during the last two months of the course.
Uh, this is the text for this lesson, Beyond Language. Unfortunately, the books haven’t come in yet, but I was told that you should be able to buy them at the bookstore the day after tomorrow. Again, as you see on your course outline, the grade is determined by your performance in the midterm and final exams, classroom tests, and on your research work. My office hours are from
9: 00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, and you can set up a date to meet me at other times as well.